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The cost of the residential-plots that are allotted to poor people during Garib Kalyan Mela goes in to Crores and Crores of rupees, said Chief Minister, delivering his address at ‘Garib Kalyan Mela ‘organized at Kheda.
 
Paving way to give maximum benefits to the maximum poor-beneficiaries, Garib Kalyan Mela has added new dimension to social welfare. “Administration is fully geared up for finding out appropriate beneficiary, and giving them benefits of Government Scheme. No one ever thought of it. By organizing 50 Garib Kalyan Mela in 50 days, we have launched an Abhiyan of uplifting poor and deprived classes,” added C.M.
 
With a stern resolve to fight out penury, State is organizing Garib Kalyan Mela in every district; the 12th such Mela was organized at Kheda today. The four Talukas- Matar, Mahemadavad, Mahudha and Kheda were covered, giving scheme-benefits and tool-kits under various schemes, of Rs.60.44 Crores to 32594 beneficiaries.
 
Outlining the theme about the amazement being experienced by the poor-beneficiaries, Shri Narendrabhai Modi said, “Fundamental to the realization of the fact that people have immense faith in present Government, which it is working with a sincere zeal for the upliftment of poor people. Present Government is completing the longest spell of governance –The longest spell of 3000 days of governance-, but we thought it appropriate to take the path of welfare of the needy and poor classes. We did not opt to celebrate it in traditional manners. ‘Suvarna-Jayanti ‘celebration is the apt cause to organize 50 Garib Kalyan Mela across the State, paving way to do maximum good to the poor and deprived classes.” He expressed his gratitude and indebtedness towards the “Janta-Janardan”.
 
Intended benefits must reach up to appropriate beneficiary, there must not be any hindrance at all. We are committed to change the situation for better. Administration is given stern directives, officials are moving village to village to deliver scheme-benefits at the doorstep of the poor. He gave a call to take a pledge, “We want exert full strength to come out of poverty. “ Chief Minister termed most sacred act, which helps poor people in his fight against penury.
 
Poverty can be conquered by enkindling lamp of education. He outlined the theme of Educational drive, empowering poor people.
 
He cited the grave concerns expressed by Former Prime Minister Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, “The rupee sanctioned by the Central Government, till it reaches up to poor beneficiary, it gets 15 paisa only. ‘Garib Kalyan Mela' is remedying the evils of corruption; it ensures that Full-One-Rupee is reaching to the poor-beneficiary. “There is no role for any mediator, agent or a middleman.
 
Gone are the days, that the mediators were looting the poor-people, which they had to grease the corrupt system. Saying that they have to give section of benefit up to the top, they used to rob the benefits of poor people. Now the Top-Most of the Government have come down with a firm intention to settle the account. No room for any mediator now, he added.
 
He elaborated upon various welfare and development schemes, which are launched to transform the life of poor classes.
 
“Gujarat Government has exerted its full strength to pull people out of poverty. But the price-rise and inflation inflicted by Central Government is exorbitant. There is no respite from price-rise, due to insensitivity of the Centre. It shatters the dreams of poor people,” added Chief Minister.
 
Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Fakirbhai Vaghela outlined proactive initiatives taken by State under the leadership of Shri Narendrabhai Modi. He highlighted achievements of present Government.
 
Parliamentary Secretary Shri Sundersinh Chauhan, MLA – Matar Shri Devusinh Chauhan, District Panchayat President Shri Rakesh Rav and Chairman State Women Commission Lilaben addressed the gathering.
 
Education Minister Shri Ramanbhai Vora, Minister of State Shri Jashvantsinh Bhabhor, Parliament Secretaries Sarva Shri Yogesh Patel, Jaydrathsinh Parmar, Deputy Chief Whip Shri Ambalal Rohit, MLAs, office bearers, eminent leaders were among the others attended the Mela.
 
Cheques worth Rs.7/Lakhs were contributed in to Kanya Kelavani Nidhi. Chief Minister released the volume-Vanchitona Vikas-, which is prepared by Jilla Gram Vikas Agency.
 
Collector Dr.S.Murli Krishna delivered welcome address, District Development Officer Manisha Chandra proposed vote of thanks.
 
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